I'm inspired by the opportunity to see the spark of God ignited and transformation in people's hearts burst forth. I love churning awareness, consciousness, balance, and wellness and seeing it grow and come to fruition in the lives of students. It is encouraging for me to observe the elements of true safety and responsibility flourishing in the community in which I am blessed to live.
How many Chopra Center events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Thus far I have attended Perfect Health, Journey into Healing, Seduction of Spirit, and the Ayurvedic Consultant Training. It is difficult to pick one event over another because each one has its own special flavor. Blending my forty years of practice with the teachings at each event has brought about new possibilities and opportunities.
How do you connect with others in your community?
I believe that in my classes, each person is fed in the way they need and they return home and often tell others about their experience. I also teach in teleconference trainings across the country and offer immersion programs in various areas around the U.S.
Dr. Paulette DiAngi (“Dr. Agni,” as those who took the ACT course will remember!) and I will be filming a cooking show called the "Six Tastes of Ayurvedic Cooking" this spring. This will help us connect with community and share the principles of ayurvedic nutrition with many others.
As the world continues to shift and transform, more and more people are seeking to come back into balance and enjoy a truly abundant life. It is such a joy for me to share healing tools and practices with anyone who is interested.
More about Christine
My earthly father gave me a great example of how to love Jesus with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind and how to love my neighbor as myself. As I experienced the death of both of my parents to cancer, I was led on a quest to explore the fusion of the best of the East and West through faith, medicine, traditions, commonalities, and learning to respect our differences. I was blessed to travel and live in many cultures around the world. I began teaching yoga at the Hippocrates Health Institute in 1972. I also studied Arts Management at American University in Washington, D.C., and was trained in gemology at the Smithsonian Institute and at the Gemological Institute of America.
During this time, I continued to explore my interests in yoga, nutrition, meditation, and wellness. I was certified at Kripalu in their 200- and 500-hour yoga programs, and I completed a 500-hour certification with Yoga Alliance. I discovered Chopra Center University a few years ago and loved the Ayurvedic Consultant Training. I work with clients and teach faith-filled yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and nutrition across the country. In Virginia, I facilitate four-day retreats and I teach mat Pilates, functional strength for seniors, and chair yoga.
We have been given such a gift in the sister sciences of Ayurveda and yoga. It is a blessing for me to stir peoples’ interests in the medicine of the past and the premier medicine of the future. This is my passion and my calling; I love what I do. Keep learning, teaching, being open, and overflowing with grace, peace, and contentment!
I am inspired by moments of clarity, epiphanies, serendipity, and “aha” moments – the moment a person gets a glimpse of who they really are and what potential they really have in this lifetime. I love observing the process of self-actualization when people realize for the first time why they were born.
I enjoy teaching people how to find their way in the maze, in the chaos. It’s the opportunity to be in the moment. When the necessary obstacles are removed, what’s left is a state of flow. At first, it’s just getting a glimpse; then you learn how to expand the gap so that flow is experienced in all aspects of life.
I am continually inspired by seeing people learn how to make trust one of their greatest assets and go off to become inspiring leaders in their families, businesses, teams, social networks, and the world as a whole. I think that our greatest visionary teachers know how to help those around them remember how to simply BE more, so they can DO more in alignment with who they really are, and HAVE that which they desire most in this lifetime. I am inspired to be and teach like that.
Where do you teach?
I teach in the U.S. and am primarily based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. I founded the Vaughn Center, offering unique programs for professional athletes as well as “workaholics" and over-stressed individuals who want to enhance their performance and connect to their deepest purpose through the mastery of mind, body, and spirit.
More about Damian
As a former NFL tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Damian says that it was the practice of meditation that enabled him to transcend the extreme mental and physical challenges of his football career. He’s an expert in meditation training and performance coaching with a client list that ranges from athletes and coaches in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL to high achievers in the financial and corporate world. Damian has lived in Phoenix for five years with his wife, Nicole, and two children, Chloe Rose and Roman Joseph. He has dual-citizenship in Brazil and is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
He became certified through the Chopra Center to teach Primordial Sound Meditation in 2009 and has been studying and teaching meditation for the past sixteen years. Damian has extensive training in interpersonal neurobiology from the Mindsight Institute at U.C.L.A. and has attended the Center of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.